After being attacked in her own store, Ellie Winters no longer considers her hometown a safe haven. Nor can she believe the lawman helping her recover is Johnny Rock, her former childhood friend—and the boy who once threw her family into turmoil. Though she's secretly happy to see Johnny again, he's only back to stop a drug ring. Too bad the trail leads straight to Ellie's shop. Despite their rocky history, Johnny knows the pretty business owner can't possibly be guilty. Now, with Johnny as the only thing standing between Ellie and a killer, he will do anything to keep her safe…and prove he's worthy of Ellie trusting him with her heart.
An interesting and topical subject brings a gripping air of realism to this romantic suspense. I found it made more of an impact since the drug ring is operating out of an idyllic small town.
Ellie and Johnny have a rocky history (pun intended) and I enjoyed their light romance. Ellie was a starry-eyed fourteen-year-old when she first met the older Johnny. It didn't take long for a school girl crush to take hold and, years later, there's still that teenybopper vibe to her early reactions to Johnny which made me smile.
But there's plenty of danger and mystery afoot and it takes both Johnny and Ellie's concerted efforts to get to the bottom of a lethal drug running operation. Plenty of action, a sweet romance, and a realistic ending fueled with hope made this a compelling read.
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